Toilet training can be the bane of every parent’s life; weeks of being caught short, happy (and not so happy) accidents in awkward places, and endless loads of washing.
Some children (and parents) are lucky and manage to master the technique in a matter of days, but for the rest of us, patience is key.
Most children do not develop control over their bowel and bladder until they are 24 to 30 months. There is little point in trying to teach a child to use the toilet if they don’t realise they actually need it!
If your child is not yet fully toilet trained or there are concerns regarding their bladder or bowel movement, then speak to your Health Visitor or GP, remember, it is not uncommon for children to still have accidents at night at this stage.
Independent toileting is a very complex task with lots of complex steps. Initially your child may be able to use the toilet during the day with few accidents, but may still need help with wiping and managing their clothes.
Some information for this webpage has been drafted using resources from Greater Glasgow and Clyde Children’s Services